Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, was keen that the student community should be aware of their social responsibility. His idea of education was that the students should not treat education as intellectual luxury alone, but as the platform to prepare themselves for national good & service to society. He considered that close contact with the community, higher ideals in life and inculcating moral values was essential for the overall development of the student. In the post-independence era, keeping these ideals of Mahatma Gandhi the University Grants Commission headed by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan recommended introduction of national service in the academic institutions on a voluntary basis. The National Service Scheme was later introduced in its present form in 1969 with the cardinal principle that it is organized by the students themselves involving both students and teachers for social service to achieve student participation in the tasks of national development. Besides, the programme envisages that students should obtain firsthand knowledge of the situation in rural area and have experience in manual work. The mottoes “Not me, but you” and “Shrama Eva Jayate” signify the essence of National Service Scheme.
National Service Scheme was established in our college in 1974-75. It has presently two units with the strength of 200 volunteers. The NSS units have secured Best Unit award at State and University level nine times. More than thirty annual village camps have been conducted so far. Six times NSS Programme officers have received Best Officer Award at State and University levels. Four times our volunteers have participated in State and National Republic Day Parades. Thrice our volunteers have received Best Volunteer Award. Four National level camps and Three State level camps have been organized in our college successfully. More than twenty three camps, trainings, workshops and Seminars have been arranged at University, and District levels. The peer teams, which visited the college twice for Assessment and Accreditation under NAAC, have appreciated the work being done by NSS units. The NSS units have received accolades for society-oriented programmes like rural sanitation, women empowerment, construction of Astra ovens, construction of water closets, afforestation, creating awareness about welfare schemes to the deserving and assisting them in documentation, blood donation, propagating English and basic Science among rural children and a score of other activities. The NSS units have created one of the best cultural teams for singing lyrics and patriotic songs, enacting dramas, presenting folk arts etc. The drama troupe has staged plays on several platforms at Sringeri and other places. Apart from the regular activities, NSS volunteers have been rendering services at every function arranged in the college like Seminars, Symposia, cultural events etc. The disciplined and selfless service of the NSS volunteers was made available at functions organized by other organizations like Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Departments of Health, Education and Forest of Government of Karnataka, Sri Sharada Dhanvanthari Charitable Hospital, Red Cross Society, Sringeri Town Panchayat, Sri Shivananda Health Center and others. NSS has collaborated with organizations like Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Kanaka Adhyayana Peetha, Jaycees International, Rotary Club, and Lions Club etc. in social services.